Maclay Football Club

Maclay Football Club - history

Maclay F.C. was founded in 1980 and the club was a member of the Scottish Football Association, affiliated to the Glasgow Colleges League (Saturday) and Glasgow University Alchemists League (Sunday) until 1982. Maclay Hall (a Glasgow University hall of residence) was the club’s base and source of most of the players. Between 1982 and 1986 the club primarily played five a side football until the full 11 a side teams were re-formed. As so many of the original players had left Glasgow the club had both English and Scottish based teams playing regular friendly/challenge matches around the UK. Annual tours of the Scottish Highlands, Nottingham and York became a popular part of the club’s itinerary. The club also won the McEwan’s LA Challenge Cup in Paris in 1988. In 1991 the club affiliated to the Football Association via the Aylesbury division of the Berks and Bucks F.A. and played in the Sunday Trophy competitions for a number of years, reaching the fifth round once and the fourth round twice before losing the final in 1997. The club recovered from this setback by finally winning the competition in 2000. 

Maclay also played in the Vale of Aylesbury Sunday Challenge Cup for a number of years and were quarter finalists twice before reaching the 1998 final. In 1997/98 Maclay also entered the Chesham & District Charity Cup for the first time, and lost narrowly 1-2 in the semi final versus the Chesham Premier League side, Amersham 92. In addition to the above, Maclay F.C. have played in the one day Watford and London International Festival of Football on a number of occasions, were losing finalists in 1995 and 1996 and also reached the semi final in 1997.

The club’s newly formed veterans team won the Watford International Festival Veterans Trophy in July 1995. Although they played home matches at Meadowcroft, Aylesbury for over ten years, the club’s roots remained proudly Scottish. The last few years saw the addition of players from England, Ireland, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Greece, giving the club the international flavour that it had in Glasgow in the 1980’s when the team included players from Scotland, England, Australia, Greece, Nigeria and the Sudan.

In September 2004, a new chapter in the club’s history began when an Under 8s team based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire was entered in the West Herts Youth League.  After eight seasons in the WHYL and finally winning the WHYL U15 1st Division title, the club moved to the Wycombe & South Bucks Minor Football League in 2011 to have more/different teams to play against.  Maclay Red then won the 2011/12 U16 3rd Division title and narrowly lost the League Cup Final in extra time to a 1st Division club.  Maclay FC had two Under 18 teams in the South Bucks Youth League during the 2013/14 season and Maclay Red were Division 1 runners up.  The youth football era ended in May 2014 and Maclay returned to Mens football in September 2014 when they joined the Chesham Sunday League - continuing a long tradition established in Glasgow in 1980.

The club joined the Berkhamsted Sunday Football League for the 2017/18 season whilst continuing to play in the Chesham Sunday League.  This meant the club ran two teams for the first time in England.